Test More, Live More: Let's Ride Spin Class
An intense 45-minute workout that’s guaranteed to make you sweat.
SoulCycle, Flywheel, and now IMAX cycling in Brooklyn: spin classes are on the rise in the United States and currently going through a major global expansion as cycling studios are opening up all over the world. The editorial team here at #LIVEMORE had the opportunity to go to one of those new studios located in Paris, France, called Let’s Ride and it was a breathtaking experience – literally.
Before we even stepped into the beautiful studio, the first impression we had of Let’s Ride (which opened in February 2016) was that we liked the name – it’s inviting and instantly gives you a sense of community.
When we signed in at the front desk we were given what looked like bowling shoes to wear for the duration of the class. Once we got into the cycling room we understood why: the bottoms of them had cleat pods which we were able to clasp into the pedals so that we wouldn’t fall off the bike. At first we couldn’t fully grasp why it was necessary to have our feet locked in, but we would soon find out…
The class lasted 45 minutes and the dark room with neon lights and upbeat music made you feel like you were in a nightclub. As we were cycling along the teacher encouraged us to follow some choreography so that we were literally ‘’dancing’’ on our bikes (oh so that is what the cleat pods are for! We have to say we were pretty grateful for them at that moment in time). We’re sure that if you go often the choreography gets easier to follow, however for those of us who are naturally uncoordinated, it was a bit tricky - but it was fun to laugh at ourselves nonetheless and admire how graceful the regulars looked!
We found our first spin class to be enjoyable and the energy in the room was electric. We would recommend that you check out spin classes in your area and try one out yourself, however we do have to say that 45 minutes of straight cycling (with a bit of free weights work) can be very tiring, so make sure you pace yourself according to your fitness and cardio level.
Why spin classes are so trendy
Health clubs and gyms may have reigned supreme in the past, but boutique fitness studios are taking over now and winning the hearts of fitness buffs all over the world. As each year passes people seem to be looking for even more intense workouts (HIIT anyone?) and also ways to have fun, which is why spin classes have such an appeal. They’re energetic, give you a great workout and help you stay motivated throughout the whole class because it’s a group effort and everyone is in it together.
If you haven’t tried out a spin class yet, go for it! You might find yourself riding into one of your favorite new ways to work out.